DMX Krew – The March To The Stars (Strange Life 038) – 7/10

Ed DMX rocked the Tallinn Art Academy in May 2002 with a blazing live set, along with Cylob who among other tracks manipulated the masses with his techno-electro version of “What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?” Now on Legowelt’s Strange Life label DMX Krew gives daylight to a new Cd-R that is more wave and pop than electro. Certainly he had piled up a lot of analog equipment for this one. First tunes are happy cartoon music with disco and funk influences, not too challenging. “Lip Chime” and “Tension” are more abstract and slower letting out some NASA […]

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Kompleksi – [I Aint No] Lovechild / Moscow Nineteen Eighty (Lal Lal Lal 19) – 8/10

Definitely, the singer was not a choir boy of merit. Especially on “Lovechild” carrying a tune is a real challenge for him – but it could be just a clever disguise to keep this seven-inch as weird as possible. Because the guy doing the vocal part is Erkki Rautio AKA pHinn, an instigator of the Finnish electronic music scene and founder of PhinnWEB with Kompleksi being this website’s “house band”. “Lovechild” is like early-morning karaoke after a heavy night in the bar where only the boldest, and not necessarily the most beautiful, have survived. “Moscow Nineteen Eighty” is a bombastic […]

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Ed Solo / JFB – Age Of Dub / Resident Evil (Sludge 001) – 7/10

In the beginning of 1990’s Bruno Sanchioni and Giuseppe Chierchia filled global dancefloors with a captivating trance hymn called “Age of Love”, produced under the moniker of same name. The number of different releases and reissues of this single competes already with some songs of The Beatles.The first release of the label Sludge awakes memories with a bass version of “Age of Love” on the A-side. Eddie Bickley takes all the credit for producing the piece without referring to two Italians. Even somebody having an object stuck in the ear would recognize that it’s a remix of the club classic, […]

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Various – Pomegranates (Finders Keepers 29 LP – 2009)

In Iran, the era of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi come to an end in 1979. In a word, with shah’s escape the party was literally over. Current compilation of the sixties and seventies Persian funk and pop by Finders Keepers, the label that has a nose for great tunes from dusty attics and murky cellars, tells what kind of party it was. On this release you should not expect the world’s wickedest psychedelic trips and space disco. Pop and moods music with exotic aura combined with Western prototypes are dominating here, although some better tunes move in more mysterious paths. The […]

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Various – Music From Mathematics Vol. 1 (Mathematics Recordings 030) – 8/10

Chicago v. 2.0 – this label of Poindexter and Moss carries proudly the flame that was lit in the 80’s in Windy City, and they excel both in yield and quality. Current compilation has again picked up various musical influences and starts with Sir KaTie and “Shout” that speaks to all Tears For Fears fans and brings up great memories. DM’s familiar chords are soon overrun by a disoriented jam session where we could hear pieces of “Robots”.  Marcello Napoletano’s “Space Voodoo” is dashing soundtrack for congregations of wild tribes, a stylish tribal piece guided by snare drum. On the […]

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Nacho Patrol – The Africa Jet Band (M Division Recordings 04) – 9/10

For this occasion Danny Wolfers AKA Legowelt is king of the jungle, under the Nacho Patrol moniker. Dutchman’s fantasy in inventing cool artist names is boundless. More impressive is his ability to control all the music machines and produce tracks that are retro-sounding and contemporary same time. As Nacho Patrol he pours gallons of funk to the discomobile’s tank, steps on it and let’s the fun out. “El Fuego En Nosotros Todo” is a powerful start and my favourite here. Psychedelic and etherial mood set in the first track carries on throughout the release. In “Cheetahman” we encounter a chimpanzee […]

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Tobias Bernstrup – Midnight Blue (Falco Invernale Records 001) – 8/10

Swedish multi-artist carries the torch that was lit in the Apennine Peninsula in the 80’s. Three easy and waving italo tracks on blue vinyl, whereas the title track and “Behind The Wheel” sound like twins beacuse of shared refrain and only some synth variations. B2, “Into The Night”, is different and makes an EP out this release. Primitive lyrics (my hands are on the steering wheel, I hear the sound of crushing steel) follow the italo heritage. Background forces are worth a mention too: sound engineering by Mark Verbos; female vocals by two Scandinavian sirens, Saralunden and Miss Liz Wendelbo. […]

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DUST OFF: Digital Justice – Theme From: Its All Gone Pearshaped (Fragile Records 14 – 1996)

A release from the year 1996 that gives a meaning to the name of Transmat sublabel – two fragile and long sound excursions that hover between ambient and trance. In fact, it’s pure and deep chord-driven Detroit techno like we know from John Beltran or Aril Brikha. With only one difference: drum machines were not taken into the recording studio, although four grown-up British fellows behind the Digital Justice project wouldn’t have any trouble to carry the gear. But they coped perfectly without beats and created a 34-minute record that would easily qualify as a LP. The title track was […]

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DUST OFF: 100% Acidiferous – Tank / 303 State (100%)

Acid assault from 1993 and Frankfurt. Not the most wanted of five releases by the 100% Acidiferous label. On the A-side “Tank” goes rushing and takes a deep bow to the fans of gabber as BPMs try to break the ceiling. Sounds better when pitched down, although meant for 45rpm. On the flip “303 State” comes and bites with 303-sound and slapping kickdrum but is not as rebellious as the “Tank” side. Playing with pitch control would add new nuances to both tracks. The sleeve carrying the slogan “Caution Acid” reminds of the invasion of a Dutch DJ gang I […]

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Neil Landstrumm – Bambaataa Eats His Breakfast (Planet Mu 246) – 6/10

Kaks ketast täidetuna tehnoveterani, kuid viimasel ajal eksperimenteeriva ning biitidega mängiva Neil Landstrummi toodanguga. Plaadi nimi lubab oodata kummardust “Planet Rockiga” elektro ajalukku vajutunud Afrika Bambaataale, kuid tegelikkus on midagi muud. Rütmid kargavad siia-sinna, meenutades kohati Electronicati ja big beati artiste. B-poole esimene “How do you feel” sisaldab kõiki koostisaineid, mida dr Landstrumm oma laborist leidis ning ühte katseklaasi kokku segas – kõike liiga palju ning samas liiga vähe.Edasi läheb paremaks. B2 “Can’t See Me” juures on õnnekombel abiks vokalist Profisee, kes loob Landstrummi kaoses oma konkreetse riimiladumisega korda. C1 ehk “Say ‘N Do” ongi plaadi kulminatsioon vana kooli hõngulise […]

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